CNET Top 5
Top 5 things that happen when you leave FacebookIyaz has avoided Facebook for almost all of 2017. Here's what changes when you're a social network ghost.
Here are the top 5 things that change when you leave Facebook. Well I don't know what happens when you leave Facebook, but I do know what happened when I did. For the most part, I've avoided facebook.com and its mobile app for almost the entire year. I've had a look at it for work and I've used it to organize a party. Otherwise I was a ghost. Here's what happened. At number five I liked some of my friends more. If you aren't aware, some folks have a tendency to get political on Facebook. Every now and then I would find a grade school buddy or someone who I thought was pretty bright sharing some interesting opinions. Without looking at Facebook I'd pretty much forgot about that until I started running. In the script. At number four, I texted people happy birthday. Facebook is great when it comes to reminding people of birthdays. It's the day people you forgot about write on your wall. For me, I end up just texting people happy birthday, if I remembered. Surprisingly. I remembered a lot of birth dates. If you're watching this and I haven't said happy birthday to you, well, happy belated or early birthday. At number three, a decline in fomo. Fear of missing out is real people. A fun thing about Facebook is that it shows off a lot of idealized lives. Then you think, what am I doing? Why am I not doing that? Well, I pretty much went back in time. I didn't know what people were doing on the regular, so I just made my own plans. Crazy? Number two, I read a lot more. Facebook is a great way to kill time on a phone. This year I managed to tap my eReader app instead of Facebook. I wasn't reading status updates or shared links. I was actually reading something called books with some regularity. And at number one, more brain space. I don't know every little detail of everybody's lives anymore. Yes I keep up to speed with my closest friends and my family. However, I don't know if that random person went on a vacation to cider country, or if little Timmy lost a tooth. Who is Timmy, and why is he showing up in my feed? I digress. I essentially have less garbage information clogging my brain, which is quite nice. Is leaving Facebook for everybody? Maybe not, but I'm a weird guy. Anyway, for more top fives, visit topfive.cnn.com. I'm Ian [UNKNOWN] I'll see you online. Probably on Twitter. Books.